A man goes through a case that features many of Japan’s most wanted criminals, including a poster of Satoshi Kirishima (above right), who was a member of the East Asian Anti-Japan Armed Front | Photo: Richard A. Brooks / AFP
A Japanese man revealed his real identity as one of the country’s most wanted criminals four days before he died. The 70-year-old man said he was Satoshi Kirishima, accused of terrorist acts in Japan in the 1970s and wanted for 50 years. His face illustrated several fugitive posters on the streets of Tokyo.
He used the alias Hiroshi Uchida, a worker without bank accounts or health insurance. The measures kept him hidden all this time, say Japanese outlets TV Asahi and Japan Times, while he supported himself by working in the construction sector in Fujisawa.
The police received a tip about the man’s allegations and went to the hospital to collect his statement. On Monday (29), four days after being interrogated, Kirishima died while hospitalized in Kanagawa, south of Tokyo.
Suffering from terminal cancer, he said he wanted to die “using his real name,” police reported. In addition, Satoshi would have revealed “previously unknown” details of the bombings, authorities said at a press conference on Thursday (1st).
“We believe that the man who died in hospital after claiming to be Satoshi Kirishima was, in fact, the suspect,” said National Police Agency chief Yasuhiro Tsuyuki.
Satoshi Kirishima was accused of carrying out attacks against Japanese companies. He reportedly joined the East Asian Anti-Japan Armed Front during college. Eight people died and more than 160 were injured in the 1975 bombing of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries building, which was blamed on the group.
Two members of the group’s ten members were sentenced to death. One of them was the Front’s founder, Masashi Daidoji, who died in 2017. (Folhapress)
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